In addition to the standard web pages we are also publishing some of the information behind Wildlife Finder as RSS and RDF and providing semantic mark-up in the form of microformats.
RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is a way of getting the latest content from a website - such as news headlines, articles or audio (podcasts) - as soon as it is published, without you having to visit the site repeatedly to check for updates. You can subscribe to any number of RSS 'feeds' and look at them all in one place.
Currently the following RSS feeds are available:
Wherever you see this icon you can subscribe to an RSS feed.
For information on how to read a RSS feed have look at "News feeds from the BBC"
Microformats are a set of simple, open data formats built upon existing Web standards. The approach allows information intended for end-users (such as contact information, geographic coordinates, calendar events, and taxonomic information) to also be automatically processed by software.
Currently we are using the species microformat
RDF is a standard model for data interchange on the Web.
RDF extends the linking structure of the Web to use URIs to name the relationship between things as well as the two ends of the link (this is usually referred to as a "triple"). Using this simple model, it allows structured and semi-structured data to be mixed, exposed, and shared across different applications.
RDF can be represented in a number of different serialisations (XML, N3, JSON etc.) - we are currently serialising the data as RDF/XML
For more information please refer to the W3C's website.
You've a couple of options. We content negotiate on our standard URLs - if you're client's request header specifies RDF then that's what you'll get. Alternatively is you add .rdf to the end of our URLs then we will return RDF rather than HTML.
We have published a Wildlife Ontology to describe the structure of the data and define the relationships between the different resources.
You can get the latest version of the Wildlife Ontology here.